A Tale of Two Cities: The Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project

Co-produced by Art Forces and the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice.

Through art we aim to build relationships across movements, cultures and great distances, and to honor those who have lost their lives striving for liberation. We seek to strengthen and make more visible the efforts of many who dare to imagine a different world.

The project began in 2006 to honor the life and aspirations of  Rachel Corrie through action and organizing for a better world. Rachel was from Olympia and was murdered in Gaza in 2003 when she was run over by an  Israeli driven bulldozer that was attempting to demolish the home of a Palestinian pharmacist.

Located at the corner of State and Capital in Olympia WA, this 4,000 sq.ft. interdisciplinary mural moves from the local to the global and was made possible by the collective effort of more than 200 groups and individuals from around the world.

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Port Militarization Resistance June 2006 A statement from the newly-formed Port Militarization Resistance and the Olympia Movement for Justice and Peace In four years of the war in Iraq, over 2,500 US soldiers and over 150,000 Iraqis have died. Hundreds of billions of dollars later, our troops are still fighting in Iraq. The declared mission…

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Procession of the Species/ Earthbound Production

Created by the community for the community the Procession of the Species Celebration is a joyous. artistic pageant, embracing the lanuages of art, music and dance to inspire learning, appreciation and protection of the natural world. The Procession of the Species Studio hosted the Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project in its production studio.

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Project Souarna, Wehdat Refugee Camp, Amman, Jordan

http://projectsouarna.wordpress.com/ Facebook: http://www.facebook.com/pages/Project-Souarna-mshrw-suarna/119269821417389 Project Souarna (Soo-War-Na) = Our Photos Project Souarna is a photography program designed to foster youth leadership and creativity. We conduct workshops for displaced youth living in and near al Wehdat refugee camp in Amman, Jordan. Background: The U.S. media continually portrays Arabs in the Middle East through one lens; therefore Project…

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QUIT: Queers Undermining Israeli Terrorism, Bay Area, USA

www.quitpalestine.org As queers, we are part of an international movement for human rights that encompasses the movement for Palestinian liberation, and all other liberation movements. We are also part of the growing international movement seeking active ways to express our solidarity with the people of Palestine Like all people of conscience, we in the lesbian,…

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Rachel Corrie Center for Children and Youth, Gaza, Palestine

Participant information coming soon.

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Rachel Corrie Sports Initiative, Gaza

By Andrew Ford Lyons You’re watching your kid play soccer. It’s a chilly weekend morning and you may be upset at the lost sleep involved in getting up and getting him there. The grass is green and the net, goal posts, striping are new and unscarred from previous play; their maintenance secured through a school…

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Rana Bishara, Palestine

Rana Bishara was born in Tarsheha, the Galilee in 1971. After her BA in painting, women’s studies and philosophy at Haifa University, she received her MFA from Savannah College of Art and Design in Georgia, USA. Rana Bishara’s body of work includes sculpture, installation, and performance art. Her artwork deals with issues such as the…

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Repo History, USA

www.repohistory.org REPOhistory began in Manhattan in 1989 as a study group of artists, scholars, teachers, and writers focused on the relationship of history to contemporary society. It grew into a forum for developing public art projects based on history and a platform for creating them. For the past ten years REPOhistory’s goal has been “To…

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Richard Castaneda

http://www.richardcastaneda.com/ Richard Castaneda’s work exhibits the uneasy tension of cultural identity, living within a paradoxical paradigm of what it is to be “Native American” in a pan-American landscape. His personal experiences as a Pima Indian roaming to and from his reservation and observing everything else in between, informs his art and cultural perspective. As a…

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Rigo 23, USA, Portugal

Rigo 23 has exhibited his work internationally for over 20 years, placing murals, paintings, sculptures, and tile work in public situations where viewers are encouraged to examine their relationship to their community, their role as unwitting advocates of public policy or their place on a planet occupied by many other living things. Rigo 23’s works…

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Robert Provasoli

www.wellness.com/dir/445699/chiropractor/wa/olympia/robert-provasoli-dc Robert Provasoli is an artist and chiropractor living in Olympia WA. His background in fine arts has always been ceramic structures and vessels. Last year he injured his shoulder and could not deal with large heavy structures and so turned to painting. He dabbled for a while and then discovered he really like portraits.…

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Ronen Edelman, Israel

“Magav in Weimar” Israeli border police parked in front of the German national theatre and the statue of Goethe and Schiller.  January 2008 http://ronen.dvarim.com/ Art and Activism in Israel: An Interview with Ronen Eidelman http://inicios.es/2008/10/28/art-and-activism-in-israel-an-interview-with-ronen-eidelman/ P.M.: Your blog’s name is Medinat Weimar, which is also a project you’ve been working on for a long time…

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SafePlace Women’s Shelter

http://www.safeplaceolympia.org/ SafePlace is the only advocacy agency and confidential shelter for survivors of domestic violence and sexual assault in Thurston County. We are a private non-profit organization. Our sexual assault program is one of the oldest in the nation. A board of directors, a paid staff, and over 90 trained volunteers operate the agency. SafePlace…

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Sama sama/Together

Sama-sama/Together Collaboration Apotik Komik, Yogyakarta, Indonesia and members of Clarion Alley Mural Project, SF CA conceived/directed Megan Wilson http://www.meganwilson.com/related/Curatorial/Sama-sama.php Yogyakarta Indonesia (2003), catalogue cover The catalogue Sama-sama/Together An International Exchange Project between Yogyakarta-San Francisco is currently available at Intersection for the Arts!! Catalogues are $30/each and all proceeds are going towards earthquake relief for the…

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Shai Pollack, Israel and Bi’lin Popular Committee, Palestine, Lisa Nessan, USA

Bil’in is a Palestinian village that is struggling to exist. It is fighting to safeguard its land, its olive trees, its resources… its liberty. http://www.bilin-village.org/english/ “Bil’in Habibti” is a documentary by Shai Pollack that documents Bi’lin’s nonviolent struggle against the Israeli occupation and the building of the wall which has cost the village much land,…

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Shareef Sarhan, Gaza, Palestine

http://www.artwfg.ps/artist.php?class_id=1&id_artist=1 Windows From Gaza For Contemporary art We are a group of young plastic artists who connect through mutual ideas, one geographical entity and a constant love of art. And because we believe in team work, and mutual thinking to develop the creative movement of plastic arts,  we always thrive to discover and explore the…

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Sliman Mansour, West Bank

  Suliman Mansour is one of the leading Palestinian artists. Born in the Palestinian village of Beir Zeit in 1947, Mansour is a co-founder of the Wasiti Art Center in Jerusalem (Now director of the Center). He is also a member of the “New Vision” artist group, which focuses on the use of local material…

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Stone Wall Youth

http://stonewallyouth.org/ Stonewall Youth was founded in 1991 and today provides a wide spectrum of services, including Youth Outreach, Peer Support Groups, and Community Education. We also seek to work towards a greater understanding of social justice and how homophobia, heterosexism and ageism connect to and relate with other oppressions such as racism, sexism, ableism, classism,…

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Students For Justice In Palestine, University of Washington, USA

students.washington.edu/sjpal Students for Justice in Palestine, University of Washington is a group of students dedicated to promoting the principles of justice, human rights, liberation, and self-determination for the Palestinian people. Our dedication to the rights of the Palestinian people stems from our belief of the equality of all people. We do not endorse any specific plan or solution to the problems of the area, including the…

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Sustainable South Sound

Sustainable South Sound http://www.oly-wa.us/SustainSouthSound/ Our vision is a culture of sustainable community in South Puget Sound. Our mission is to lead the transformation to sustainable community through education, advocacy, action, and celebration. Sustainable South Sound is a 501c-3 non-profit. Sustainable – South Sound – is an organization formed by people motivated to create sustainable community…

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The Rachel Corrie Foundation

http://rachelcorriefoundation.org/ The Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice continues the work that Rachel Corrie began and hoped to accomplish, and carries out that work with her vision, spirit, and creative energy in mind. We conduct and support programs that foster connections between people, that build understanding, respect, and appreciation for differences, and that promote…

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The Resurrection of Wesley Everest, Mural in Centralia WA, Mike Alewitz lead artist

http://www.kclabor.org/artcreatenewlabor.htm Centralia Mural To Mark Labor Fight  — AP CENTRALIA – For decades, the ugliness of events at the 1919 Armistice Day parade here muzzled residents into a tight-lipped silence. Tensions between the town’s American Legionnaires and members of the Industrial Workers of the World union erupted into violence that day. When it was over,…

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Thurston-Santo Tomás Sister County Association, Olympia WA and Santo Tomás, Nicaragua

Thurston Santo Tomás Sister County Association PO Box 561, Olympia WA 98507 (360) 943-8642 Olympia’s sister city relationship with Santo Tomás, Chontales, Nicaragua, has its roots in the era of the Contra War in the 1980s. It strives to engender peace and heal the effects of U.S. aggression and economic oppression through people-to-people exchanges and…

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Valarie James, Las Madres Project, AZ, USA

http://www.lasmadresproject.org/ (link not currently working.  For more info use one below) http://hispanic7.com/transforming_tragedy_into_art.htm “I am compelled as an artist and more importantly as a resident of our borderlands, to make visible the hidden narratives that are unfolding todos los dias, every day in our backyard.”   The sculptural installation¡±The Mothers; Las Madres¡± standing vigil is an…

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Vera Tamari, West Bank, Palestine

Vera Tamari was born in Jerusalem in 1945. She studied fine arts in Beirut, ceramics in Florence, and completed her M.Phil in Islamic Art and Architecture in Oxford University. Since 1974 she has participated locally and internationally in shows with the League of Palestinian Artists, of which she is a member. She also participated in…

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Veterans for Peace: Rachel Corrie Chapter 109

Veterans for Peace http://www.vfp109rcc.org/ Rachel Corrie Chapter 109 Olympia WA Veterans Working Together for Peace & Justice Through Non-violence. Wage Peace! Veterans for Peace, Inc. (VFP) is a non-profit 501(c)(3) educational and humanitarian organization dedicated to the abolishment of war. Statement Of Purpose We, having dutifully served our nation, do hereby affirm our greater responsibility to…

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Voices of Palestine, Seattle WA

www.voicesofpalestine.org We are a Seattle, Washington based community group with strong ties to Palestine. Most of our group’s members are US citizens who either have relatives in Palestine or generally sympathize with the Palestinians and what the illegal Israeli occupation is causing in their communities. We work together on many events including fund raisers, demonstrations,…

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Walls- From Palestine to Mexico

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Who Profits and Coalition of Women for Peace, Israel

www.whoprofits.org The Occupation Industry Research Project Israeli and international corporations are directly involved in the occupation: in the construction of Israeli colonies and infrastructure in the occupied territories, in the settlements’ economy, in building walls and checkpoints, in the supply of specific equipment used in the control and repression of the civilian population under occupation. This database reflects an on-going…

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Will Hewitt

Will Hewitt was a friend of Rachel Corrie’s, worked with the International Solidarity Movement and was present when she was killed in Rafah in 2003. lovinrevolution – Spoken Word Artist – Will Hewitt 1 of 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E5GayzNp9vw lovinrevolution – Spoken Word Artist – Will Hewitt 2 of 2 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N4hUUYhHgTk&feature=related ei: Olympia conference remembers Rachel Corrie…

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Wishah, West Bank, Palestine

Wishah is a dance group working towards presenting shows based on the artistic inheritance of music and songs of both  Arab and Palestinian dimensions.  Established in 2003 upon and initiative of Mohammad Ata and a group of enthusiastic amateur dancers who worked diligently to present dance in a new artistic frame (www.wishahtroupe.com) Wishah holds  the…

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Women in Black, Olympia, WA

Women in Black http://www.womeninblack.org/en/vigil Women in Black is a world-wide network of women committed to peace with justice and actively opposed to injustice, war, militarism and other forms of violence. As women experiencing these things in different ways in different regions of the world, we support eachother’s movements. An important focus is challenging the militarist…

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Works in Progress

http://www.olywip.org/site/page/issue/2010/05.html Works In Progress is a free, volunteer-operated progressive community newspaper based in Olympia, Washington. Our aim is to confront injustice and encourage a participatory democracy based on economic, social, and environmental justice. Works In Progress is dedicated to providing a voice for those most affected by the exclusionary and unfair practices that seek to…

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Ziad Deeb, Gaza, Palestine

Gaza artist, survivor finds power in paint Eman Mohammed, The Electronic Intifada, Aug 3, 2009 Palestinian artist Ziad Deeb next to an image that he made of his family members killed during Israel’s attacks on Gaza last winter. (Eman Mohammed) From the entrance of the house, one can observe the whole tragedy. On 6 January…

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In the News

ArtsWalk, Olympia WA, October, 2018

April 26, 2019

Cindy Corrie addressing The Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural & Community Building. The Olympia-Rafah Solidarity Mural Project and participants hold many community-building events in the parking lot…

Remembering Rachel Corrie- 15 years later

June 12, 2018

Join the Rachel Corrie Foundation for Peace and Justice (RCF) in Seattle on Saturday, March 17, 2018, to remember Rachel Corrie and celebrate fifteen years…

In Solidarity

September 16, 2011

As Olympia mobilizes in support of Bryson Chaplin & Andre Thompson and raises the banner of Black Lives Matter, it is important to pay tribute…

Water Writes Halftime BBQ & Report Back

August 15, 2011

Come out n Celebrate the Completion of 5 of the 10 Water Writes Murals hosted by the Estria Foundation! Muralists who traveled to Hawaii, Palestine,…